Essentials for Window Security in Your Home
When it comes to protecting your home, arguably the most effective way to do so is with a home security solution in place. But on top of that, there are other methods of security that should not be overlooked, yet unfortunately, many residents tend to do so.
Next time you look around your home, think about the weakest point of entry for a burglary to make their way inside. Hint: it’s where you might be afraid of the neighborhood kids sending a football through while you’re sitting at your dinner table…
We are of course talking about your windows. Burglars are most likely to enter one’s front or back door at first, but windows are still a heavy player when it comes to security breaches. According to Alarm.org, 30 percent of burglaries are committed without force through an unlocked door or window.
You might be paying close enough attention to your doors, but it’s time to show your windows the same level of care. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your windows are more secure against:
1. Ensure all window locks work as they should
As with all forms of home security, sometimes the most effective means of protecting one’s home is the most basic. Just as you make sure the locks on your door work, the same thing should apply to your windows. Check all windows in your house and see that all locks are fully functional.
If you live in an older house, you might want to pay extra attention to the locks and see that they haven’t become too rusted.
There are many varieties of window locks on the market with various degrees of security. Make sure to invest in locks that will withstand the test of time. Cast metal or even vinyl are solid choices.
If you ever install new locks, make it a point to show all members of your household how to lock and unlock the windows.
2. Look into window film for extra reinforcement
Window film is commonly used in commercial buildings to hold glass together in the event of brute force. Several companies make film available to residents, and it can be bought at any major home improvement store.
While some films come with the option to tint your windows, there is also the option to install a completely transparent film that won’t be noticeable at all.
Window film may be thin, but it is a deceivingly strong material. With enough strikes from a hammer or other blunt-force object, the window will eventually give way (not shatter), but it takes many hits for this to happen.
If your home has big window panels anywhere, window film can certainly server as an effective option.
3. Consider Monitored Home Security
Security systems such as those from ADT Home Security will provide your home with window sensors that detect unusual activity around your windows.
When your system is armed, an invisible “link” is formed at the window. If this link is broken, your security system will sound and monitoring professionals will be informed that a possible break-in is taking place.
Of course, home security monitoring protects more than just your windows, but it highlights the very security hole that your windows can be if they are not properly reinforced.